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Spring Special Events at the Music Box!
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Hey Music Box fans,

Spring is finally here, and we’ve got a calendar filled with special events just for you! We have Sing-A-Longs, film festivals, special guests, and much more. Check it all out below!

Wednesday, April 9th – Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Cheap Thrills with Pat Healy & E.L. Katz in person!

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Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy and director E.L. Katz in person opening night!

Cheap Thrills

A film by E.L. Katz starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton


Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life…but at a price. Actor Pat Healy in person opening night!

“One of the most involving works of cinematic misanthropy in years.”
–John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.


Fri, Apr 11 7:30pm

Charlie Chaplin’s 100th Anniversary

starring Charlie Chaplin


In 1914 a funny looking and very annoying man wearing a bowler hat and a cane wandered into The Kid Auto Races in Venice, California and ended up delighting the admittedly confused crowd with his antics. This early version of guerrilla filmmaking was the very first appearance of Charlie Chaplin as his “Tramp” character. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of “The Tramp”, we’ve put together a program of Chaplin’s early shorts, including KID AUTO RACES!
The full lineup includes:
Kid Auto Races
The New Janitor
Mabel’s Married Life
The Floorwalker
The Immigrant


Breadcrumb Trail with director Lance Bangs & Slint in person

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A documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from, featuring interviews with Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy and Will Oldham. Q&A with director Lance Bangs and Slint band members David Pajo and Todd Brashear!

Breadcrumb Trail

A film by Lance Bangs


Feature length documentary about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from.

Throughout the 1980s, a group of friends in Louisville, Kentucky grew up forming bands, breaking up, and reforming in different configurations. They were playing hardcore shows at ages 10-12, touring with Samhain as 14 year olds, recording for Homestead as Squirelbait at age 15, then formed Slint in their late teens and recorded the classic album Spiderland before they were 21. They broke up before the album’s release, giving no interviews and vanishing into their own shadows. Two decades passed as filmmaker Lance Bangs assembled unseen footage of the teenagers writing and arranging Spiderland as well as the first on camera interviews with the band members and their contemporaries trying to decipher what they had been through. Featuring interviews with Slint, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, David Grubbs, David Yow, James Murphy and archival material from Will Oldham. Q&A with director Lance Bangs following the film


Wed, Apr 16 7:30pm

Grease Sing-A-Long!

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Back by popular demand, this fun-filled sing-along features a pre-show costume parade and screening of the beloved film.

Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket, and shades — and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking 50s sing-along. “Grease is the word!”

Sing along with…

  • “You’re the One that I Want”
  • “We Go Together”
  • “Summer Nights”
    and many more…

Interactive fun!
Costume contest!
Prop bag!


A film by Randal Kleiser starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing


Sing-Along Edition!

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?


Sat, Apr 19 2:00pm

Music Box’s Easter Special Featuring Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Costume Contest! Awesome Goodie Bags!

After you’ve hunted your Easter Eggs and had your brunch, come to the Music Box to see “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” We’re pulling out all the stops and welcoming the Spring with this special presentation. Pig out on candy, wear your best Veruca (or Augustus!) costume and join in the fun!

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

A film by Mel Stuart starring Gene Wilder


The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory.


Sun, Apr 20 2:00pm
Tue, Sep 13 7:00pm

Sound Opinions at the Movies – Almost Famous

Tickets are $10 in advance. Remaining tickets will be sold for $12 cash at the door.

On Wednesday April 23rd, join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special screening of Almost Famous at the Music Box Theatre.

Jim and Greg will talk about Cameron Crowe’s love letter to musical discovery with a note-perfect soundtrack. Plus, Jim will share his memories of the late actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the late critic Lester Bangs. And you’ll be able to enjoy Goose Island beer while listening to audio of a young Jim DeRogatis speaking with his hero, Lester Bangs.

Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together. Make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.
Whether you’re an expert, or just a casual fan, Sound Opinions is your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation.

Each week on the show, nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases and give trends a historical context. And, because on Sound Opinions, “everyone’s a critic,” listeners are invited to join in the debate.

Sound Opinions is produced by by WBEZ Chicago, home to This American Life and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and is distributed nationally by PRX. Sound Opinions can be heard on stations across the country and online at SoundOpinions.org

Almost Famous

A film by Cameron Crowe starring Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor, John Fedevich, Mark Kozelek, Jimmy Fallon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Stonestreet


In the early 1970s, teenage writer William Miller gets a plum assignment from a Rolling Stone editor to write about the band Stillwater on a cross-country tour. Along the way, he learns about friendship and love with help from Penny Lane.


Wed, Apr 23 7:30pm

Found Footage Festival


The annual touring festival showcases VHS oddities from the world’s garage sales, thrift stores warehouses and dumpsters.

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the new clips featured in the 2014 program:

  • A bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title, “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet”
  • “Special Delivery”—a 1994 video for dog breeders about a process known as “whelping”
  • Newly unearthed footage of the world’s most obnoxious home shopping hosts, John & Johnny (c. 1987), and the long-awaited reunion orchestrated by the FFF curators 26 years later
  • 101 Jesuses culled from dozens of religious videos, presented in under 3 minutes


Thu, May 1 9:30pm

Sound of Silent Film Festival

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Access Contemporary Music’s (ACM) popular Sound of Silent Film Festival – now in its ninth year! – features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. This year’s festival features short dramas, comedies and experimental films from exciting young filmmakers around the world, all with new scores by our composer members.

We’re thrilled to be moving the festival this year to the historic Music Box Theater on Southport! The Music Box is one of Chicago’s premiere theaters for arthouse cinema. It’s gorgeous interior, state of the art faciilites and sterling reputation make it the perfect fit for the Sound of Silent Film Festival. –

Blackout Roulette by Alex Italics – New score by Nailah Nombeko

The Gift by Julio Pot – New score by Gabriel Malancioiu

Love at First Sight by Mark Playne – New score by Rob Steel

American Montage by Janek Ambros – New score by Enric Riu


The Count’s Mabel by Dale Wolfe – New score by Adam Cole

Bicycle Notes by Fernanda Torres – score by Joel Styzens

Nervous Person by Max Sherwood – New score by Jessica Hunt

Across the Whipplewash by Caitlin & Josh Drake – New score by Amos Gillespie

Music performed by:
Hulya Alpakin – piano
Eliza Bangert – flute
Alyson Berger – cello
Nathan Bojko – percussion
Christie Miller – clarinet
Joel Styzens – percussion
Sophie Webber – cello
Jeff Yang – violin


Tue, Apr 29 7:30pm

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with the ¡Three Amigos!

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What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a story of overcoming adversity and fighting for freedom? Grab a $5 ticket and Lagunitas and enjoy Cinco De Mayo!

Presented by Lagunitas with beer specials and special tastings.

¡Three Amigos!

A film by John Landis starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short


Three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing.

Responding to a cable from a senorita in distress, three silent-film stars head to Mexico. Assuming they’ve been summoned to perform in a show, the trio is unaware they’re expected to fight bona fide bad guys who aren’t shooting blanks.


Mon, May 5 7:30pm

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